How is a diagnosis of pediatric HIV infection excluded?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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HIV infection can be ruled out if one of the following is true:

  • DNA HIV PCR results are consistently negative in an infant older than 4 months in the absence of breastfeeding.

  • Two DNA HIV PCR results obtained at least a month apart are negative in an infant older than 6 months.


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